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H.Res. 195: Know Debt Resolution

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About the resolution

Is the best way for Congress to stem the national debt for them to be constantly visually reminded of it?


The last time the federal government ran a budget surplus was fiscal year 2001. Since then, they’ve run a deficit every single year. Last year, fiscal year 2020, set an all-time deficit record at $3.1 trillion, due to massive COVID-19 relief legislation on top of what was already a nearly trillion-dollar deficit the year prior.

The National Debt Clock is a modern-day New York City landmark, installed in 1989 in Manhattan when the debt was “only” around $3 trillion. In 2008, the clock actually ran out of digits when the national debt exceeded $10 trillion. Today, the national debt stands at nearly triple that amount: $28 trillion …

Sponsor and status

Chip Roy

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 21st congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Mar 8, 2021
Length: 3 pages
Mar 8, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Mar 8, 2021

This resolution is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on March 8, 2021. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


7 Cosponsors (6 Republicans, 1 Democrat)



Mar 8, 2021

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H.Res. 195 is a simple resolution in the United States Congress.

A simple resolution is used for matters that affect just one chamber of Congress, often to change the rules of the chamber to set the manner of debate for a related bill. It must be agreed to in the chamber in which it was introduced. It is not voted on in the other chamber and does not have the force of law.

Resolutions numbers restart every two years. That means there are other resolutions with the number H.Res. 195. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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